Making Sense of Bad English: An Introduction to Language Attitudes and Ideologies

Author:   Elizabeth Peterson (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN:  

9781138237476


Pages:   166
Publication Date:   31 October 2019
Format:   Paperback
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Why is it that some ways of using English are considered good and others are considered bad ? Why are certain forms of language termed elegant, eloquent or refined, whereas others are deemed uneducated, coarse, or inappropriate? Making Sense of Bad English is an accessible introduction to attitudes and ideologies towards the use of English in different settings around the world. Outlining how perceptions about what constitutes good and bad English have been shaped, this book shows how these principles are based on social factors rather than linguistic issues and highlights some of the real-life consequences of these perceptions. Features include: an overview of attitudes towards English and how they came about, as well as real-life consequences and benefits of using bad English; explicit links between different English language systems, including child's English, English as a lingua franca, African American English, Singlish, and New Delhi English; examples taken from classic names in the field of sociolinguistics, including Labov, Trudgill, Baugh, and Lambert, as well as rising stars and more recent cutting-edge research; links to relevant social parallels, including cultural outputs such as holiday myths, to help readers engage in a new way with the notion of Standard English; supporting online material for students which features worksheets, links to audio and news files, further examples and discussion questions, and background on key issues from the book. Making Sense of Bad English provides an engaging and thought-provoking overview of this topic and is essential reading for any student studying sociolinguistics within a global setting.

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Author:   Elizabeth Peterson (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint:   Routledge
Weight:   0.318kg
ISBN:  

9781138237476


ISBN 10:   1138237477
Pages:   166
Publication Date:   31 October 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Enormously fascinating to anyone with an interest in varieties of English (dialects, accents, styles) as they are spoken, natively and non-natively, around the world; and endlessly helpful in the fightback against the benighted ones who attempt to shame their fellow human beings for the way they speak. Peter Trudgill, University of Fribourg, Switzerland Perceptions of good and bad English are a major issue for language users, but vary in different nation states. Such ideologies and their social consequences have been examined by sociolinguists in monolingual and to a lesser extent well-established bilingual English-speaking communities. However, the perspectives of millions of speakers and writers world-wide for whom English is a lingua franca have been largely ignored. Elizabeth Peterson's book is therefore timely, and particularly valuable in connecting English speakers from all types of language community with the ideologies which emerge from different histories and social contexts. It will be useful both as an undergraduate teaching tool and as a resource for researchers. Lesley Milroy, University of Michigan, USA


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Elizabeth Peterson is an Associate Professor at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

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